Kristian Khan – Chief Executive

Kristian has worked in the advice sector since his graduation in 1999 undertaking a variety of roles. He has been a mental health advocate advising patients detained in a secure setting under the Mental Health Act 1983. He later became an advice services coordinator, Deputy Manager and then Manager of a large Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). In 2016, he successfully led the transition of the organisation from CAB to Liverpool Community Advice and remains committed to the continued growth and development of the organisation. Kristian is a qualified further education tutor and regularly trains sector colleagues through Citizens Advice and the Workers’ Educational Association

Gerald Rivett – Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Gerald retired from a very long successful career in corporate employment occupying Main Board and General Manager positions with a UK Plc. as well as non UK Private Organisations. The chosen industry was always one involved in Agriculture and the Food Supply Chain in both the UK and Central & Eastern Europe. In the latter field, he became a well-known expert in the Industry with vast experiences in many countries in commercial employment as well as work for the UK Govt., The EU with DG6 and the UN.

Prior to returning to the UK Gerald decided to farm a 1000 acre Polish Estate for a number of years in order to achieve a personal ambition. Rather than fully retiring, he has continued to conduct work for DG6 and the UN in the Food Chain field often in post war trouble spots. He currently operates his Consultancy Business called ScotAg Europe in the fields of Agriculture, Animal Feeds, Sales Training and Business Start Ups.

This vast exposure to a very fast changing and difficult world, whether at commercial or diplomatic level, has resulted in an unrivalled experience which he has brought to the Charity Sector sitting on 3 Charity Boards fulfilling his lifelong desire to help others.

The experience during the LCA transition from the CAB and the Strategic Planning requirement allowed this knowledge to come to the fore particularly in the field of media communications where long-term contacts have been used to great advantage in correct LCA exposure locally.

When not working Gerald, continues to use his Manchester United Season Ticket to great effect as well as enjoying a lifelong passion for Railways and Railway photography being well published in this field in books and online.

Tom Singleton – Treasurer

Tom sadly passed away in May 2022.  He was a Trustee at LCA for over 23 years and will be very much missed by all his friends and colleagues.  

 

Diane Percy

Diane was a legal secretary prior to joining National Children’s Home (now Action for Children) as the Admin Officer at their Alternative to Custody for Juvenile Offenders Centre in Birkenhead, an organisation working in tandem with Wirral Social Services Intermediate Treatment Unit. The project offered a variety of interventions to assist the young people address their offending behaviour, together with education programmes, support in adjusting to independent living, assistance in seeking employment and outdoor pursuits/team-building exercises.  When appropriate, family therapy sessions were provided.

Diane left National Children’s Home to care for a terminally ill relative, returning to work to assume the role of Admin Officer with special responsibility for the Legal Aid Franchise, a role funded by the then Legal Aid Board in the first Citizens Advice Bureau in Liverpool to acquire a franchise.

Karon Kearney

Karon graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a BSc Hons. having read Computer Forensics and Security. This achievement and interest now allows her to pursue the current career in Cyber Security working as an Information Security Analyst.

Prior to this, Karon had voluntary experience with the Scouts movement as Publicity Manager and North Wales Police as a Digital Forensic Examiner involved with HTCU matters and other aspects of policing work. This involvement gives her an intimate knowledge of working as part of a team requiring confidentiality, communication and decisive action in order to improve society.

Robert di Schiavi

Robert served with the MOD in a variety of defence, security and intelligence roles. After retiring from the military Robert worked as an NGO for the DOD, MOD, UN and the Petrochem industry. He has a specific skill set in physical security, HUMINT, threat analysis and threat hunting. Robert now heads up the Cyber Security Team at N Brown Group Plc and sits on the expert committee for North West Cyber resilience Center.

Robert holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Law, and is currently completing a double masters in computer science and cyber.

Before joining the LCA Board Robert was involved with the LCA organisation giving professional advice on the issues of the GDPR elements thus making him an ideal Board Member.